August 17, 2019

XKCD Web Comic #1095: Crazy Straws (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing of two stick figures facing each other, each holding a drink. The figure on the left has a bright green crazy straw in their drink.
Crazy Straw Person: The thing to understand about the plastic crazy straw design world is that there are two main camps: The professionals – designing for established brands – and the hobbyists. The hobbyist mailing lists are full of drama, with friction between the regulars and a splinter group focused on loops…

Caption: Human subcultures are nested fractally. There’s no bottom.
Hover text: The new crowd is heavily shaped by this guy named Eric, who’s basically the Paris Hilton of the amateur plastic crazy straw design world.

Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

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XKCD Web Comic #1741: Work (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.

 

XKCD 1741

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scene: A table top with a glass about two-thirds full and a gooseneck lamp. Each item is labeled with some of the work that went into making it.

Glass: Years-long negotiation with glass supplier, width decided by 4 hours of meetings, months of tip-over testing.

Lamp: An engineer worked late drawing curve of shade in autocad, extra vents added to avoid California safety recall, shape of stem decided by 9 hours of meetings, ongoing debate over UL sticker, argument over putting switch on cord got someone fired.

Table: Wood source changed due to 20-year fight over logging in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Caption: Sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking about the amount of work that went into the ordinary objects around me.

Hover text: Despite it being imaginary, I already have SUCH a strong opinion on the cord-switch firing incident.

Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

(This XKCD is posted out of sequence in honor of Labor Day. And in honor of posting for the first time in a looong time. Sorry, folks, we’ll try to do better.)